The Australian National University

Event Horizon

Research School of Physics


Weekly newsletter | vol 46 no 36 | 13–17 September 2021


Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

I hope you were able to enjoy the springtime weather this weekend. I will start this week by congratulating Professor Lilia Ferrario on her appointment as the next Director of the Mathematical Sciences Institute (MSI), seen above in her office. Lilia has been a prominent and highly regarded figure in undergraduate education for many years and is also well known for her research in Stellar Astrophysics.

Also from MSI but this time sad news with the passing of Professor Derek Robinson. Derek joined our School in 1982 and followed the newly created School of Mathematical Studies in 1989, becoming MSI in 2002. As you will see from the MSI tribute to Derek, he was highly regarded for his foundational work on Quantum Statistical Mechanics with co-author, Ole Bratteli, as well as for mentorship and contributions to the Academy of Science.

Further to the announcements of new Departments and new ANU document templates, now is a great time to update your email footer. The resources can be found here, and I draw particular attention to the suggestion that you acknowledge the traditional owners and identify your preferred personal pronouns. Both these items illustrate our desire to be inclusive and respectful, and in my view are some of the essential elements of our School community. Note, the post code has changed back to 2600.

My thanks to Prof Vince Craig for pointing out that from late last year, Australia Post now recognises traditional country in letter addresses.

Have a good week,


The John Carver Seminar Series 2021

The annual student event aimed at showcasing the amazing research done by our students and celebrating the wealth of talent in our School will be held on Wednesday 6 October at 10 am. At this stage we are planning to hold this event via Zoom only.

You will need to present a 15-minute talk on your research to an audience of your fellow students and RSPhys colleagues. The talks are not followed by questions.

Please email by 28 September 2021 to register your interest in participating in this wonderful event!

» read more


AINSE Scholar Gold Medal Nominations

The AINSE Scholar Gold Medal is awarded for impact and excellence in research by postgraduate students and early career researchers on the basis of publications that acknowledge AINSE and ANSTO support. 

Nominees for awards are submitted to the AINSE Council by the AINSE Specialist Committees for consideration at the final AINSE Council Meeting of the calendar year. At the presentation of the medals, the newly-awarded Gold Medallists are invited to deliver an address on their research.

» read more


EMCR School Executive Representative Meeting - Thurs 16th September

As part of the new School Executive, it is proposed to have EMCR (Early and Mid Career Researchers) representation on the Executive. To discuss this and other topics, all interested EMCRs are invited to a Zoom meeting at 10:30 of Thursday the 16th of September

» read more


Johnson & Johnson Scholars Award Program – WiSTEM2D

The J&J Women in STEM2D Scholars Award Program aims to fuel development of female leaders and feed the STEM2D talent pipeline by awarding and sponsoring women at critical points in their careers, in each of the STEM2D disciplines: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Manufacturing and Design.

» read more


Inspire a Curious Mind: Female STEM Coaches Wanted

Curious Minds seek female STEM professionals interested in volunteering to mentoring students in Year 9 – 10 over a six month period. 

» read more


RSB Director’s Seminar Series - Wednesday 15 September 12:30pm – 1.30pm

Understanding Amino Acid Transport and Homeostasis in Mammalian Cells through Quantitative Modelling
Professor Stefan Broer
Division of Biomedical Science and Biochemistry

» read more


Explore groundbreaking research and innovation undertaken at ANSTO’s landmark research infrastructure. Meet the women in leadership roles within these fields and connect with established leaders who can mentor you throughout your future studies.

Online 30 Nov - 2 Dec 2021

» read more


Joint Hebrew University-Australian Research Projects in Science

Zelman Cowen Academic Initiatives (ZCAI), Australia and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJ) are pleased to announce a Call for Research Projects, with the goal of supporting high quality research in all disciplines of science, with a preference for projects with partners in Australian universities.

» read more


ANU Alumni Self-Care Social Media Challenge – Provide your self-care tips to win!

These are truly difficult and exhausting times. But this is also an opportunity for us to come together, support each other, and maybe have a little fun in the process!

Starting on 28 August, we’re launching a six-week self-care challenge that will inspire you to move, grow, cook, connect and relax.

» read more




» read more


ANU Templates

Do you need ANU letterhead, PowerPoint slides, or an ANU minutes template?

Sign in to ANU SharePoint for current ANU templates.


Need to Schedule a Meeting with the Director?

For ANU Outlook users
Open a new invite for, and use Scheduling Assistant to propose a mutually convenient time and send.  

For all others
Please send an email request to 

Tim will reply to any meeting requests ASAP


RSPhys Store

Stores will be physically staffed, though operating at reduced capacity with no face to face interactions. 

» read more


ANU Libraries

The JB Chifley Library will remain open 24/7 through the lockdown. Students and staff will need to swipe in. They will be able to use collection material, print, use the computers, record lectures in the One button studio, study rooms on level 4 equipped with ECHO recording software and use the Flex labs to give or record lectures.

» read more




School Colloquium - 16 September

Chemical and structural analysis of functional materials: complexity and challenges - Professor Yun Liu

» read more


Know your administrators...

L-R: Belinda Barbour, Sonia Padrun, Petra Rickman, Nikki Azzopardi, & Julie Arnold

» read more


Know your School team...

Sue Berkeley -
Finance Team Leader

Goran Radovanovic -
Stores Services  

Hannah Phan - Purchasing/Finance Services 

Patrick Romero - Stores/Purchasing Services


Know your student admin...

Liudmila (Luda) Mangos -
Higher Degree Research admin
C3.02C, Cockcroft bldg (Mon-Fri 9.30-5pm)

Siobhan Ryman -
Physics Education Centre admin and HDR
1.05, Bldg 38A (Mon-Tues 8.30-4pm) ; C3.02C, Cockcroft bldg (Wed-Fri 8.30-4pm)


Matthias Wurdack (he/him)

Disha Kapasi (she/her)

Shridhar Manjunath (he/him)

Elizaveta Melik-Gaykazyan (she/her)

Ben Swinton-Bland (he/him)

Mahdi Davoodianidalik (he/him)


HDR Progress Milestones

Students and supervisors can access information on HDR progress milestone requirements on the School Intranet.


HDR Opportunities

Resilient Researcher webinars with Dr Shari Walsh

2022 Visiting Fellowship program "Mobilities" - Applications close on 30 September 2021


ANZCOP21 - November 18-19, 2021

ANZCOP 2021 is a special event of the Australian and New Zealand Conference on Optics and Photonics presented on behalf of ANZOS - the Australian and New Zealand Optical Society. 

» read more


CQC2T Women in Quantum Top Up Scholarships

CQC2T is looking for female PhD and Honours students to join our multidisciplinary team of scientists and engineers developing quantum computing and communication technologies of the future.

If you are ready to further your career in this exciting field, apply now!

» read more


Physics @ ANU



The Australian National University, Canberra | CRICOS Provider : 00120C | ABN : 52 234 063 906

If you do not wish to receive future emails from us, please unsubscribe.